Paris: City of Light, and Awesome Transport

Paris is really not at its best in the summer. It's hot, the Parisians are either on vacation or wishing they were on vacation, and the lines for every tourist attraction are insane. Plus it was grittier than I'd remembered. Truth be told, Elliot wasn't a total fan - but there were a few things he really liked. First, the metro:

 Elliot really loved the Paris Metro.

Elliot really loved the Paris Metro.

 He particularly loved the double-decker RER trains.

He particularly loved the double-decker RER trains.

We were also smitten with the ignognito but - once you figure out what to look for - totally ubiquitous "autolib" electric city cars. Located at curbside stations all over the city, every 100 meters or so. Silent, clean wheels when you want them. So cool.

 Autolib - all-electric city carshare, all over Paris. Elliot approved.

Autolib - all-electric city carshare, all over Paris. Elliot approved.

There were also some random cool things to see:

 Elliot spotted this Twingo, complete with wheelchair on the back

Elliot spotted this Twingo, complete with wheelchair on the back

And one day, we borrowed some bikes and took off for La Villette. 

Bike lanes! In Paris! It was awesome.

 Bike paths the whole way - and the light was incredible.

Bike paths the whole way - and the light was incredible.

At La Villette (the largest science museum in Europe) we visited a bunch of exhibits - including this one, about transportation. It was like instant animation for Worse Than Poop! - you walked up, took your photo, and a machine magically pasted your head onto a transportation device, which then floated by 30 seconds later on a series of screens. All they were missing was the CO2-poop.

 Elliot watches as my head floats by on a double-decker London bus.

Elliot watches as my head floats by on a double-decker London bus.